Here’s What’s Missing In Our Diagnosis Of Education’s Problems

Peter Augustine Lawler has recently written for National Affairs an article about what's wrong with higher education that depicts just as perfectly what's wrong with elementary and secondary education. He begins by discussing how technology is eroding jobs, turning people both into technicians and taking away lower-wage opportunities that put one on the path to higher … Continue reading Here’s What’s Missing In Our Diagnosis Of Education’s Problems

Job Satisfaction for Artists Versus Doctors

The Wall Street Journal published an article today discussing life prospects for young people who love art, from music to painting to dance. It largely critiques two stereotypes about professional arts: That few jobs are available in these fields and that pursuing jobs that offer more money makes people happier. Two findings of this study, involving … Continue reading Job Satisfaction for Artists Versus Doctors

Employers: We’ll Train People Who Can Write And Speak

The dean of a community college, who blogs anonymously about his profession and has worked at three different colleges, recently wrote about a meeting with a set of local employers. Community colleges, of course, work closely with nearby employers on technical programs and certifications. The number one thing these employers wanted was not specific, technical training. … Continue reading Employers: We’ll Train People Who Can Write And Speak

Classical Education Leads To Good Jobs Because It Instills Good Judgment—But That’s Not All

Andrew Kern of the CIRCE Institute resurfaces one of our favorite themes: How classical education prepares a child not merely for a job, but for a life that of course includes the ability to earn one's bread. Our education controllers develop extremely complex theories about children as material objects whose role is to contribute to the economy, … Continue reading Classical Education Leads To Good Jobs Because It Instills Good Judgment—But That’s Not All

Great Books Programs Grow

Students Flock to Great Books Colleges

James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley recently wrote on Minding the Campus about the resurgence in great books programs, both at the college level and in K-12: When Thomas and Lorraine Pangle, married professors of government at the University of Texas at Austin, launched a great books program for freshman this year, they expected a … Continue reading Students Flock to Great Books Colleges

How Classical Education Prepares a Child for the Business World

Many people have this idea that classical education is extremely impractical in this "21st century global economy." A look at the news suggests governors and Republicans are even and especially susceptible to this hard-headed view. But two recent articles from the Wall Street Journal reinforce the truth that a broad liberal arts education will prepare young people … Continue reading How Classical Education Prepares a Child for the Business World